What is Laser Therapy?
In contrast to Surgical Lasers which cut tissues, Therapy Lasers are used to heal tissue. These therapy lasers or cold lasers provide a fast, painless, sterile, surgery-free and drug-free treatment modality which can be used to heal or treat a wide variety of issues, including:
- Cuts, lacerations and wounds
- Ear infections
- Hot spots (pyotraumatic dermatitis)
- Lick granulomas
- Osteoarthritis – in our experience with Laser Therapy many arthritic pets seem to need much less NSAIDS and other pain relievers.
- Sprains, strains, sore muscles
- Surgical wounds – incisions from spays, neuters, knee surgeries, dental extractions and so on will all heal faster with laser therapy
Whether your pet is recovering from surgery or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, he or she may benefit from this revolutionary, new, drug-free approach to healing.
How does Laser Therapy work?
Cold Laser therapy stimulates the body at the cellular level, encouraging it to heal from within. Non-thermal photons of light are administered to the body and absorbed by injured tissues. The cells in the injured tissues are then stimulated and respond with a higher rate of metabolism. This results in increased circulation within the treatment area, an anti-inflammatory effect, relief from pain, and an acceleration of the healing process.
What can we expect from Laser Therapy?
Most laser treatment sessions require only about 7-30 minutes. Most pets benefit most from several treatment sessions spread over a few days. Many treatment sessions are conducted on an out-patient basis; meaning you do not have to leave your pet. Benefits most obvious to the pet owner include:
- Pain relief
- Relaxation of the pet
- Increased mobility
- Accelerated healing
As the cold laser therapy is administered, most pets will relax into it, much like a human experiencing a good massage. The near immediate relief of pain allows the pet to quickly become comfortable and any initial anxiety that the pet may have been experiencing soon dissipates. Cats relax and often begin to purr; dogs sometimes fall asleep. See the video clips below for actual laser treatment demonstrations.
If you think your pet might benefit from this amazing new technology, please give us a call to discuss your needs further or schedule an appointment today.
We are proud to use the Companion laser therapy system. More information on this technology can be found here.